Valley VNA relies heavily on its caregivers, not only because they are exceptional at their jobs, but because without them, our organization couldn’t function. Our caregivers interact with our residents on a daily basis and provide them with the care they need and deserve. Caregiving can be challenging, but a perfect job for some people.

Characteristics of a Good Caregiver
A good caregiver possesses the following characteristics:

  • Selflessness – A good caregiver will always put the resident first. Their first thought is how they can assist the elder in any situation.
  • Patience – Dealing with seniors can be difficult because of effects associated with aging, such as loss of hearing, limited mobility, memory loss and poor eyesight. Certain tasks may take longer than expected, but a good caregiver doesn’t mind and understands.
  • Listening – Sometimes residents have trouble verbally expressing their feelings and pain. A good caregiver must be able to listen, but also pay attention to nonverbal cues a resident may be giving.
  • Communication – As the old saying goes, “Communication is key.” Sometimes residents may have a hard time getting used to a new caregiver, so remaining respectful while communicating is important. Open lines of healthy communication will benefit caregivers and residents.
  • Tolerance – Some senior care residents have diseases associated with aging. These can cause physical pain and mental deterioration. It’s important that caregivers don’t take offense to any off-putting behavior from the elders because they are likely in pain or unable to control their actions.
  • Passion – Caring for others is in a caregiver’s DNA. Putting others first is second nature.

Reasons to Become a Caregiver
What should you know if you’re thinking about becoming a caregiver?

  • Rewarding – Caregiving is an extremely rewarding job. Caregivers take care of our elders, the people who have given so much to this world. Taking care of people is something you can be proud of. Caregivers and residents also develop special relationships. Caregivers give the seniors someone to talk, laugh and interact with which benefits the mental health of the senior and the caregiver.
  • People person – Since caregivers interact with residents and other caregivers for much of the day, they must enjoy working with people. These should be people that light up and smile while talking with others.
  • Making a difference – Caregivers can impact lives. Some residents become lonely or sad, but a great caregiver can help them change their mood for the better. Residents truly appreciate all the help caregivers provide, especially the things that aren’t in their job duties.
  • Many tasks – From helping elders bathe to assisting them during meal times, a caregiver does a variety of tasks throughout the day.

Does this sound like you or someone you know? Well, caregiving may be right for you! As always, if you have any questions related to caregiving or need assistance, call one of our team members at (920) 727-5555.